I don't expect it'll be a major factor in Elemental, but nonetheless when underspec users harm the experience for others, it's as often as not the game's maker that gets blamed, not those users.
Would it be possible for Stardock to provide a utility which tests the system specifications and networking performance?
Such a utility could perform the same tasks as the game to verify if a system passes for playing Elemental multiplayer. Speaking from experience with troubleshooting software issues, myself and co-workers will show customers its not the software from our company by verifying the server or client system has the same problem even when other software attempts to perform the same tasks.
For example the software from our company will install services on the server. If these fail to install we'll find some freeware software which also attempts to install services... naturally when the freeware software also fails to install services it's clear the issue is with the server itself ranging from permissions, registry, policies, domain accounts, etc., etc., .